What You Can Do
One More Candle gives you the opportunity to adopt the memory of a child whose life was cut short by hubris and deep seated human evil.
Upon committing to adopting a child of memory and filling out the adoption process, you will receive:
– The name of a child who otherwise may never have been remembered
– All pertinent information and a link to the Yad Vashem website with information about that child
– The date of remembrance in the Hebrew and Gregorian calendars
– Email reminders three weeks prior to the yahrtzeit
There are many ways of taking action to bring light to the darkness. None are more right than others.
Light a Candle
After adopting the memory of a child, lighting a candle on the yahrtzeit (the anniversary) of the child’s passing is customary. If you are a member of a synagogue, kindly add your adopted memory’s name to the yearly yahrtzeit list your synagogue provides.
The ancient tradition of lighting a candle in many faiths is an expression of what we cannot communicate with words. With each candle, the life of a child who lived, and then perished, is remembered and honored.
The Hebrew calendar dates change yearly to the Gregorian calendar. Please look at hebcal.com for further information.
Another way you can honor the memory of your adopted child is to a light a candle and say a prayer.
You may say Kaddish on the yahrtzeit of the child’s passing.
Reciting Kaddish is a mitzvah (blessing) and is a potent and meaningful act. Kaddish is a true act of kindness and has been an important part of Jewish mourning rituals for centuries.
Say the Name Out Loud with Kavanah
Give voice to the name by saying the name out loud with Kavanah (intention) or have the name of your adopted child read out at Shabbat synagogue services.
Kavanah is a concept that refers to one’s intention and concentration, directing the mind to the meaning of words uttered or the acts performed. Setting intention (Kavanah) lies at the heart of Jewish devotional life.
Do a Mitzvah
Mitzvot are good deeds, blessings, commandments. It’s said that one should perform as many mitzvot as there are seeds in a pomegranate (615). The gift of a mitzvah is more a gift to the giver than it is to the receiver.
You may honor the memory of your adopted child by doing a mitzvah: feeding the poor, donating to the Yahrtzeit Fund at your synagogue or a charity of your choice, or doing a kindness for a stranger. There are many ways to do a mitzvah. There is no way that is more important than another.
Bar/ Bat Mitzvah
Congratulations! You are about to become a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. You are beginning life as a fully participating Jewish adult. Now you can perform the important duties of Jewish life. By sharing your mitzvah with a child who perished in the Shoah, you keep the flame of remembrance alive from generation to generation. Our hope is that you will commit to honoring your adopted child on their yahrzeit throughout your lifetime. There is no charge. Another option is the Twinning Project through Yad Vashem.
Adopt a Memory Presentations
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for Adopt a Memory presentations for school schools, faith communities, and organizations.
* Please note: If at any point, one can no longer continue honoring the memory of your adopted child, please return the name to us and we will make sure that child will be adopted again.
There are many volunteer opportunities with One More Candle.
1. Phoning – Introducing the program to new organizations, synagogues, and other faith communities
2. Phoning – Following up with organizations, synagogues, and other faith communities which are a part of One More Candle
3. Helping prepare a Zoom presentation about One More Candle and its importance
4. Managing social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), responding and encouraging new Twitter followers to explore the website especially synagogues and JCCs
Please indicate which area you would like to volunteer.